The sun is beaming, the temperatures are rising – two sure signs that this is a great time to get out there and explore the vibrancy and gastronomic diversity New York has to offer! The best way to do that? Grab your MetroCard, tap and go with OMNY, or get a train ticket and some comfortable shoes.

Yes, spring is here to jolt you out of your winter routine and motivate you to move around beyond your usual subway and train stops. MTA Away has teamed up with the James Beard Foundation to inspire New Yorkers to check out some of the city’s best food neighborhoods, as well as some delectable destinations off the LIRR and Metro-North Railroad. DineAWAY encourages New Yorkers and visitors alike to use mass transit to experience the unparalleled food experiences that are just around every corner. 

Get on board and help support local independent restaurants, like Rincón Melania in Sunnyside!

All month (and beyond!), check out our neighborhood guides — they're informed by New Yorkers and local chefs, and will point you in the right direction when you’re visiting places like Astoria, Harlem, Park Slope, Crown Heights, Rockville Centre, Garrison, and more. 

MTA + James Beard Foundation 

This campaign aligns with JBF’s mission to help independent restaurants rebuild stronger; pushing for a more equitable and sustainable industry where all can thrive.

And since there are gems to be unearthed in every neighborhood, let us know some of your personal faves on Twitter or Instagram by using the hashtag #DineAWAY  


Grand Central Terminal

Penn Station


Find neighborhood gems anywhere the MTA can take you!

Plan Trip

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For more DineAWAY ideas:

A Walkable Guide to Harlem’s Restaurant Row
Rockville Centre: Village Vibe on Long Island's South Shore
Explore Garrison, A Hudson River Gem
Guide To A Perfect Day In Crown Heights
A Local's Guide to the Bustling Neighborhood of Astoria
Staten Island Might Just Be the Next Great Culinary Destination
A Local’s Guide to Park Slope
A Delicious Walking Tour of Arthur Ave in the Bronx